GB Boxing’s talent development activities aim to increase opportunities for the best young male and female boxers in England, Scotland and Wales and enable them to make the most of their ability.
They are aligned with the talent initiatives run by the home nation boxing associations and aim to bring together a wide range of expertise to assist the development of the most outstanding young boxers in Great Britain.
The activities include monthly training camps at GB Boxing’s training facility in Sheffield and aim to give boxers a chance to learn from as young as 16 what it takes to train and live like an elite athlete. Boxers are provided with structured support to help maximise their ability and make the transition from talented youngster to elite international performer.
GB Boxing’s talent development activities are overseen by Performance Pathway Manager, Robert Gibson, and are designed to create a clear and transparent pathway to enable young male and female boxers to progress from their clubs to the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) where they can become a funded athlete and part of the GB Boxing squad with the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games.
GB Assessment – Who is invited?
Boxers, typically over 18 years old who have had significant success at either world or domestic level, over the past 12 months.
GB Assessment – What are the invitation criteria?
A medal at a major international event as a senior or youth boxer (European and World Championships, and Olympic Games)
Winner of GB (3 nations) youth and senior championships
Gold or silver medallist at the Commonwealth Games
England – Finalist in the English National Championships or nomination by England Boxing for GB Programme assessment
Scotland – Scottish National Champion or nomination by Boxing Scotland for GB Programme assessment
Wales – Welsh National Champion or nomination by Welsh Boxing for GB Programme assessment.
GB boxing can also nominate boxers for invitation to assessment
When are the GB Assessments?
The main assessments are in December to accommodate the competition programmes of all the Home Nations. In addition to these assessments, GB Boxing hosts Wildcard assessments that are held throughout the year for boxers scouted by GB Boxing.
What is the assessment process?
During the assessment weekends, your performance will be evaluated against an assessment framework and then following a selection meeting held by the GB Boxing coaches and selectors and if you have met the required standards you may be invited to take up a place in the GB Podium Potential Programme.
What are boxers assessed on?
There is an assessment framework that has been developed by GB Boxing that allows coaches to identify the physical, technical, tactical and behavioural characteristics that are needed to be a world-class boxer.